If anybody’s on top of their moisturizing lip product game, it’s Revlon. Their latest innovation: the Colorstay Moisture Stain, new for Summer 2014.
These stains are a fusion between a balm stain and a gloss, giving you shiny, bright color while moisturizing your lips. They are infused with Vitamin E and aloe for a comfortable and moisturizing feel. I’m happy to report that they are not tacky in the least bit, hallelujah!
The shades I own are:
London Posh- a shimmery light beige with pink undertones
Milan Moment- a melon orange
LA Exclusive- a Barbie pink
Cannes Crush- a bright coral
Barcelona Nights- a hot pink with blue undertones
India Intrigue- a deep magenta that leans purple
Shanghai Sizzle- a warm, bright red
Parisian Passion- a black cherry purple
All but one shade settled into a smooth and even finish. Unfortunately, London Posh is not only too light for my lips, but slid around and wouldn’t set. They all display a bit of translucency, letting your lips slightly shine through. So if you have darker lips, the lighter colors might not be your favorite.
This formula is not one you can just apply quickly and go on about your day with. When worn alone, you need to be patient and nudge it around before it starts looking good. At first, it will seem thick and slippery, but eventually evens out and hugs the lips (trust me, it takes a few minutes). You’ll want to avoid eating or drinking anything for the first half hour after application to avoid major transferring, and to let the color stain your lips.
Out of these eight, Cannes Crush, Barcelona Nights, India Intrigue, Shanghai Sizzle, and Parisian Passion left the most pigmented stains. The color lasted around 5 hours, even through one meal and constant water sipping! Shanghai Sizzle applied the most opaquely.
Watch the video for a closer look at each shade:
While they remind me of the Maybelline Color Elixirs, a few key characteristics set them a part. For one, they contain more product for the same price point. Also, while the Color Elixirs are more on the liquid lipstick side, these definitely feel more glossy and slick. The Moisture Stains do not have a discernible taste or scent, which is a plus in my book.
The Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains retail for around $9.99, containing .27 fl oz of product. You can currently pre-order them on Walgreens.com, but they will be slowly popping up in drugstores throughout June.
Do think you will enjoy these better than the Matte/Lacquer/Just Bitten Balms in the chubby pencil form?